Alamexo –

Upscale traditional Mexican with an upscale price

Salt Lake, UT – Mexican – $$$ – Casual
Sifter Critique

Nicole O. - Pro SifterDec 19, 2018

Overall 3.8

3.8

Food

4

Service

4.2

Ambience

3

Value

Overview

A heavily-awarded Mexican restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City, Alamexo is fine dining done Mexican style which is not what comes to mind when you think of Mexican food. The dishes are a heritage to classic recipes and culinary tradition utilizing Matt Lake’s cooking degree. He focuses his energy on a few dishes ensuring the utmost scrutiny to detail.

Value

If you compare this to more humble street carts or your favorite Mexican hole-in-the-wall, you will come away feeling a bit disheartened. The dishes are about $20 to $30 and are lighter portions but I came away stuffed because of our appetizer and the chips and salsa placed on the table.

3 most popular dishes

Our server suggested the Salmon Manchamanteles and the Pipian Rojo Salsa Carnitas Verde Enchiladas.

What I ordered

Pipian Rojo Salsa Carnitas Verde Enchiladas, Tacos De Barbacoa con tres chiles and the Salmon Manchamanteles.

Food quality

The quality was mostly there although there were a few hiccups. The tomatoes used were unripe and the chips set on the table seemed to be store-bought (Late July Tortilla Chips). We would have preferred to have homemade versions of chips or none at all. Also, the homemade guacamole show is overhyped. We all know how guacamole is made and no one seemed to be paying attention to the servers while they made it.

Ambiance

We booked a reservation online and the server had a hard time finding it. She acted like it was our fault until she realized it was her mistake but didn’t apologize. There is decent room to move around and it is decorated with high-quality Spanish-inspired materials. It wasn’t noisy and when our party was loud it drew attention.

What I liked most

I liked the Salmon Manchamanteles because it was a new dish to me and the sweet bananas mellowed out the mole nicely. The pineapple pico de gallo brightened up the salmon and the combination of both was stunning.

What I disliked most

The enchiladas and tacos were good but the lack of originality was disappointing given the price.

Overall 3.8

3.8

Food

4

Service

4.2

Ambience

3

Value

Overview

A heavily-awarded Mexican restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City, Alamexo is fine dining done Mexican style which is not what comes to mind when you think of Mexican food. The dishes are a heritage to classic recipes and culinary tradition utilizing Matt Lake’s cooking degree. He focuses his energy on a few dishes ensuring the utmost scrutiny to detail.

Value

If you compare this to more humble street carts or your favorite Mexican hole-in-the-wall, you will come away feeling a bit disheartened. The dishes are about $20 to $30 and are lighter portions but I came away stuffed because of our appetizer and the chips and salsa placed on the table.

3 most popular dishes

Our server suggested the Salmon Manchamanteles and the Pipian Rojo Salsa Carnitas Verde Enchiladas.

What I ordered

Pipian Rojo Salsa Carnitas Verde Enchiladas, Tacos De Barbacoa con tres chiles and the Salmon Manchamanteles.

Food quality

The quality was mostly there although there were a few hiccups. The tomatoes used were unripe and the chips set on the table seemed to be store-bought (Late July Tortilla Chips). We would have preferred to have homemade versions of chips or none at all. Also, the homemade guacamole show is overhyped. We all know how guacamole is made and no one seemed to be paying attention to the servers while they made it.

Ambiance

We booked a reservation online and the server had a hard time finding it. She acted like it was our fault until she realized it was her mistake but didn’t apologize. There is decent room to move around and it is decorated with high-quality Spanish-inspired materials. It wasn’t noisy and when our party was loud it drew attention.

What I liked most

I liked the Salmon Manchamanteles because it was a new dish to me and the sweet bananas mellowed out the mole nicely. The pineapple pico de gallo brightened up the salmon and the combination of both was stunning.

What I disliked most

The enchiladas and tacos were good but the lack of originality was disappointing given the price.

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